User Review: Vasque Men's Alpine GTX
Materials: Nubuck leather, gore-tex
Use: Heavy backpacking/Mountaineering
Break-in Period: More than usual
Weight: 4.5 lbs
Price Paid: $129 on Ebay
Wanted a tough leather mountaineering boot that would keep me warm, dry, and stable and boy did I get it!
They should issue these boots in the armed services. I have always been a big fan of Vasque as I had a pair back in the mid eighties that I wore like slippers...just couldn't wear them out. These remind me of them.
My first outing I went up a 10,500 foot Southern California peak loaded with 2 feet of snow half way up, and I had only worn them 1 time at home. I will admit that they hurt a little in the back heal I think because I didn't have the right combo of socks on..however, I was expecting few more blisters. They were great for kicking snow steps and my foot stayed dry and the same temp all the time. I was very pleased for a first time outing. I was suprised at how dry my foot stayed considering it was in cold melting snow a lot.
Heading up Mount Whitney in a week so I should be able to give them a real test in the mountains with crampons.
One thing to keep in mind...don't buy them if you want a tennis shoe like feel from a mountaineering boot because they are stiff and tough with a more than normal break-in period.